Chinese Goose

The Chinese Goose is a domesticated breed descended from the Swan Goose.

Both sexes have a pronounced knob on its forehead, although usually larger on males. The purpose of this know is unknown. This knob is susceptible to frostbite in cold climates.

Often called ‘weeder geese’ due to their ability to be trained to consume invasive weeds.

When one is sick or dying, others will create a circle around it to protect it from predators.

The Chinese Goose is an excellent layer, with some laying over 80 eggs per year.

Our Current Residents

Silver, Male - Hatched 2010 (estimate)

Green, Female - Hatched 2008 (estimate)

White, Male - Hatched 2007 (estimate)

All three geese were donated to ZooMontana from a local waterfowl rehab center, presumably there as pet surrenders.

Animal Facts

  • Herbivore
  • Common
  • Diurnal


Our Animals